As hate-motivated acts of violence continue to see a rise throughout the United States, a gay Pittsburgh man is demanding that his attackers be charged with hate crime after he and his boyfriend were brutally beaten for being affectionate in public.
via Huffington Post
Police are investigating an alleged Oct. 6 assault on a Pennsylvania-based gay man and his boyfriend as a possible hate crime.
As CBS reports, Ben Stoviak and his boyfriend Aaron were leaving Remedy Bar in Pittsburgh, Penn. when a group of men allegedly began yelling homophobic and derogatory comments at the couple. Stoviak contextualized the event in a post on his Facebook page:
Last night, a group of men attacked me and my boyfriend on Butler Street in Lawrenceville. After yelling, from across the street, “Faggot!” at us, I replied, “yes, we’re faggots!” Immediately after, the group of men ran across the street and began hitting, kicking, and stomping me. The mark on my right cheek is a bootprint. Aaron threw himself on top of me to discourage them from continuing the assault, but they began kicking him in the head, as well…
I don’t ask you to cheer on my romantic and sexual lives. I do, however, expect people not to act violently against one another because they do not share tastes and preferences.
A group of patrons from a neighboring bar called authorities when they witnessed the alleged violent attack occurring in front of Remedy. When police arrived, Stoviak was reportedly bloodied with multiple welts and bruises covering his face, according to WXPI.
Stoviak reportedly believes that the attack only occurred because him and his partner were being affectionate with one another, and wants police to treat the case as a hate crime.
Everyone is entitled to their beliefs, but attacking another person simply because you don’t like or care to see something that they are doing in public is NEVER acceptable.